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Arthur Semyonov
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Where To Buy Pinch Pleat Drapes

These curtain panels create a breezy billowy accent in your home. They're made from sheer polyester that lets natural light in, making them ideal for your kitchen, living room, or anywhere that needs a soft glow. Up top is a rod pocket that makes it easy to install on your choice of the curtain rod (sold separately). Plus, a pinch pleat decorates the top edge to create a subtle ruching design. These panels are sold in sets of two and are iron-safe.

where to buy pinch pleat drapes

Fortunately, I found a way to give you the best of both worlds by using store-bought (Target) curtains and adding a pinch pleat with minimal sewing required. (I use the term sewing loosely. If you can sew a somewhat straight line, you can do this; I promise!)

I like to use clip rings because they make it easy to open and close curtains. You can still get the look of pinch pleated curtains with the convenience of clip rings. All you do is hook the top of the drapery hook into the tiny ring that connects the ring to the hook. You can just leave the hooks there because no one will see them on the back side of the curtain anyway. Clip rings can be expensive so be sure to use this hack here: How To Make Your Own Drapery Rings On A Budget

There are a few different ways to make a pinch pleat on existing curtains. You can sew them the traditional way, you can use buckram as a header tape or you can use pleater tape over the top hem like I do in this tutorial. The good thing about pleater tape is that it is adjustable and super easy to use for beginning sewers.

Pinch pleat draperies are commonly used in traditional and formal decor. This style is called pinch pleated because the fabric is folded and stitched into pleats at the top of each panel to add fullness. The most commonly used pinch pleats styles have two or three pleats. Drapery pins or hooks are used to attach the panels to drapery hardware, so the fabric lays flat in between the fold and the fullness is distributed evenly along the length of the panel. Often weights are added to the bottom hem of the drapery panel allowing the fabric to fall evenly.

Double pinch pleated drapery, also called two-finger pleated panels, is a more contemporary style featuring double folds across the top of the drapery panel. Two folds are sewn directly into the fabric creating V-shaped folds. This creates a soft fullness along the width of the panels.

Triple pinch pleat drapery panels feature three folds at specific intervals along the drapery panel. These folds are sewn directly into the top edge of the curtain and tacked along the bottom of each pleat creating a decorative fan shape.

A Parisian pleat also referred to as a Euro pleat provides a more modern, unstructured look. This pinch pleat is carefully folded and stitched at the top edge allowing the drapes to flow elegantly from an inverted pleat.

The inverted box pleat is a more tailored style. Instead of the pinch pleating showing from the front, the pleat protrudes to the back side of the panel. The front features a flat surface suitable for a more modern, contemporary decor. Inverted Box pleats are also not generally recommended for functional drapery.

The fabric you select for your pinch pleated draperies should coordinate with the overall look of the room. Using the color, scale, and patterns of existing pieces, choose a fabric that will reflect and enhance those features. If you want your windows to be the focal point of the room, select a stand-out pattern or color that will contrast with the furniture or walls.

Another factor to consider is the functionality of the drapery panels. If they are simply for visual appeal, you may select a lighter-weight fabric or layer a pinch pleat topper over sheers. Functional drapery intended to regulate light and privacy could use a heavier fabric. Some fabrics options for pinch pleat draperies are:

No matter which style you choose, the pinch pleat drapery hardware you select matters. Two of the most popular options are traverse systems and curtain rods with rings. Both types use drapery pins or hooks to attach the pleated drapery to the rods.

Traverse rods or track systems allow the drapery to be opened and closed easily using a cord and pulley system. The pinch pleats use drapery pins to attach to carriers that move along the bottom of the rod. The top of the curtains slides effortlessly just below the bottom of the rod.

Getting the correct measurements for your pinch-pleated draperies is very important. Pinch pleat draperies are an investment. Consider whether they will be opened and closed frequently or serve as decorative side panels. Also, think about the finished length. Consider the length of your pinch pleat draperies. Will they flow directly down to touch the floor, just to the bottom of the window or will the fabric puddle on the floor? Whatever look you desire, proper measurements are key.

New drapes can change the look of your room, as well as make it feel warmer or cooler, literally. Pinch pleat draperies help keep hot sunlight out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. They can also make your windows look larger, especially when hung so that they don't obstruct the window when they're open. Getting the right measurements will ensure that they fit the window just right and give you the look you want.

A simple manual drapery pinch pleater used to form the "butterfly" or "pinch" pleat in draperies having a handle from which extends a trifurcated inwardly foldable fin for uniform formation of successive pinch pleats.

In the fabrication of window drapes, table skirting and other decorative fabric applications, one of the best known and favorite pleats used is the one commonly known as the butterfly or pinch pleat. As is well known within the art, the uniform articulation and formation of these attractive pleats can be a difficult skill to acquire. In order to facilitate the learning of this skill and indeed to apply this skill, once learned, with continued expertise, the simple device herein presented accomplishes these endeavors. Easily fabricated of laminated stiff cardboard or injection molded of polystyrene plastic or similar materials, this invention can be mass produced cheaply and readily marked to both professional and amateur drapery faricators alike.

Referring first to FIG. 1, the numeral 10 (with arrow) indicates the overall invention, comprised of a handle 12 and a pair of generally flat fins 14 disposed at 90 degrees to the vertical fin extension 16 of the handle 12. It should be noted that at the junctures of the fins 14, a relatively small portion 15 of the central fin 16 extends below said junctures. The purpose of this continuous protrusion 15 is to serve as a guide and stabilizer within the seam 24 which is hereinafter described. The invention, preferably fabricated of stiff cardboard or semi-rigid plastic, incorporates a continuous pliable crease 18 at the points of juncture of the fins 14 to the vertical pin 16. All corners of all fins and handle are shown rounded to preclude snagging or damaging the drapery fabric. The pliable creases 18 provide a hingable means of folding the fins 14 inwardly after insertion of the invention into the presewn tubular portion 20 of the drape 22 as indicated in FIGS. 1 and 2. Presewn stitching 24 forms a tubular portion 20 approximately 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter, more or less, according to the discretion of the sewer. Progressing from the insertion of the invention into the presewn tube shown in FIG. 2, FIG. 3 shows the fins 14 folded inwardly, with the excess portion of fabric in the tube carefully pinched between the fins 14 and extension 16 forming the butterfly pleat wings 25 and 27 and center pleat 23. With the fabric held in this configuration, additional stitching 26 is applied at approximately to stitching 24. Withdrawal of the invention from the formed pleat may be done either prior or subsequent to application of stitching 26 at the discretion of the sewer, since the primary purpose of the invention, as previously stated, is to facilitate uniformly articulated butterfly or pinch pleats in draperies or the like, by either experienced or inexperienced sewers. Shown at 28 in FIG. 3 is a completed butterfy or pinch pleat in a window drape.

1. A manual drapery pinch pleater for forming butterfly or pinch pleats comprised of a center fin, a pair of fins inwardly foldable toward the center fin and disposed generally at angle to the center fin, said center fin having a relatively small portion extending below its juncture with the pair of fins. 041b061a72


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